Saturday, October 6, 2018

DVD Review: 9-1-1: The Complete Season One

Fox; Not Rated; 437 mins; Amazon

Now available from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is 9-1-1: The Complete Season One, featuring all ten episodes. There are no special features or bonus extras on the 3-disc set.

Created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear (American Horror Story), the series stars Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, Connie Britton, Oliver Stark, Aisha Hinds, Kenneth Choi, and Rockmond Dunbar.

9-1-1 centers around the lives of Los Angeles police officers, paramedics, firefighters, and 911 operators. An 911 operator named Abigail "Abby" Clark (played by Connie Britton) must find a way to take care her mother, who has dementia, along with dealing with the daily stress that comes with her job.

 LAPD patrol sergeant Athena Grant who is one of the first to arrive at an emergency. Despite the chaos of her job, Athena's home life is a complete mess, especially after husband, Michael (played by Rockmond Dunbar), announces that he's always been gay, even before they were married. To make her life even worse, her daughter tries to commit suicide.

Robert "Bobby" Nash (played by Peter Krause), the LAFD station 118 captain, is probably the most stressed of the first responders. With every 911 call, he makes it a personal mission to save everyone. However, this isn't an easy thing to do when he doesn't have faith in his firefighters, especially when cocky Evan "Buck" Buckley (Oliver Stark) has his mind getting laid instead of saving people's lives.

Episodes on the DVD set include
  • Pilot
  • Let Go
  • Next of Kin
  • Worst Day Ever
  • Point of Origin
  • Heartbreaker
  • Full Moon (Creepy AF)
  • Karma's a Bith
  • Trapped
  • A Whole New Year

Final Thoughts

Typically, Fox's procedural drama series don't make it pass the first season, so I normally don't watch them. After hearing good things about 9-1-1, I thought I would watch the first season on DVD. It's not quite as bad as the advertisements made it out to be. When I first saw the ads for it, I thought the series looked a little campy and over the top. However, my opinion has changed after viewing the first first ten episodes.

Each and every episode has multiple personal storylines mixed with several different 911 calls that the first responders have to handle. Many of these emergencies seem a bit outrageous, but that's what makes it entertaining. The acting is pretty decent for the most part. The only real complaint I have with the series is the dialogue, which can be a bit preachy at times.

Similar to a few other recent Fox Home Entertainment titles, this DVD set has no special features of bonus extras.

Overall, I enjoyed watching 9-1-1: The Complete Season One. It's a fun and fast-paced series.

Note: The second season is currently airing on Monday nights on Fox.

*Note : I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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